Dunsinane

Dunsinane

  • Start date

    Tuesday 03 September 2013

  • End date

    Saturday 07 September 2013

  • venue

    His Majesty's Theatre

  • time

    19:30

  • age

    Adults

  • price

    £29.50 - £15+bf

  • genre

    -

The National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Shakespeare Company present
Dunsinane
By David Greig
Directed by Roxana Silbert

Macbeth is dead, long live the King.

Under cover of night, an English army has swept through the Scottish landscape, killed the tyrant and taken the seat of power.

Attempting to restore peace and put in place a new ruler, Siward, the commanding officer, is beset by a brutal guerrilla uprising and simmering discontent amongst his own inexperienced troops. Struggling to grasp the alien customs and politics of this harsh country, he finds himself drawn towards Macbeth’s powerful widow in search of someone to share his burden of responsibility. Increasingly isolated from his own men and Scottish allies alike, his efforts to restore order appear futile as the situation spins out of control.

The compelling Scottish actress Siobhan Redmond brings Lady Macbeth electrifyingly to life in Dunsinane with the acclaimed Jonny Phillips as the increasingly unsettled English commander.

Written by the multi award-winning Scottish playwright David Greig, Dunsinane is
“…the frankly thrilling spectacle of one of the country’s leading writers using its biggest stage as the great public forum of debate.”

‘. . . a work of compelling intelligence, provocation and wit.’
The Guardian * * * *

‘Greig combines a clever, richly enjoyable bourgeois update of history with a strand of dark, beautiful poetry that disturbs the soul…’
The Scotsman * * * *

Press reviews from the 2011 production

[Writer David] Greig combines a clever, richly enjoyable bourgeois update of history with a strand of dark, beautiful poetry that disturbs the soul; and also a use of the Gaelic language that hints at a whole surviving Scottish culture just beneath the surface of the play, and beyond the grasp of the invaders. . . In the twin leading characters of Macbeth's queen, Gruoch - played with a dazzling womanly strength and brilliance by Siobhan Redmond - and the English general, Siward - a powerful and increasingly ravaged Jonny Phillips - David Greig creates two magnificent stage figures, equally matched in strength and charisma, utterly divided by culture and history.
The Scotsman * * * *

We are not only in 11th-century Perthshire, where the English army is seeking to impose order after the death of Macbeth, but also in a modern-day Iraq or Afghanistan. In David Greig's brilliant Shakespeare sequel – funny one minute, knotty the next – we find a peace-keeping force making a chaotic situation worse thanks to the well-meaning zeal of a Tony Blair-style commander. Soldiers get killed, women commit suicide, captives refuse to speak. This occupation will indeed take longer than expected.
. . .an irresolvable drama about an irresolvable conflict – a work of compelling intelligence, provocation and wit.
The Guardian * * * *

There's a breathtaking intensity to the dialogue that accompanies Gruach's seductive hold over Siward, whose own growing vulnerability mirrors that of the young inexperienced soldiers who are beginning to question their purpose in this unforgiving land.
David Greig's writing is both funny and poignant throughout . . . Beautifully paced, engrossing drama.
Edinburgh Evening News * * * * *

Instead of being an intriguing exercise in reimagining history, the play becomes the frankly thrilling spectacle of one of the country's leading writers using its biggest stage as the great public forum of debate. . . .
If it's riveting spectacle, challenging ideas and human drama you want, this is the show to see.
The Times * * * *

A slow-burning and profound meditation on life in a land occupied and overseen by some misguided force that can only end in a stubbornly personal war of attrition . . .
Dunsinane is a play rich in ideas and metaphor that lays bare the loyalties, betrayals and complexities of politics enough to aspire to state of the nation status. Whose nation, however, is anybody's guess.
The Herald * * * *

A powerful, relevant and fascinating production.
The Stage
 

Dunsinane - Trailer (2013) from National Theatre of Scotland on Vimeo.


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